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Last Chance For Aylesbury Campaigners Against 10,000 Homes

Last Chance For Aylesbury Campaigners Against 10,000 Homes

6:54am 16th February 2010

Controversial plans to build 10 thousand new homes on land to the East of Aylesbury will be judged by a Planning Inspector later.

The government says 27 thousand new homes have to be built in the Vale by 2026. A 2 month public inquiry is underway into where the council plans to locate them.

Today, tommorrow and Thursday are being entirely devoted to examining the decision to build an Aylesbury Eastern Arc. The Inspector will make the final decision on whether it should go ahead. All proceedings are being held in public, so anyone can go along, from 10am at Aylesbury Civic Centre.

Co-Leader of the Bierton, Broughton, Halcott and Watermead Action Group Tony Strevens plans to speak at the examination. Mr Strevens says the number of objections to the plans across the Vale is higher than the total number of objections for Oxford, Southampton and Coventry.

A spokesperson for Aylesbury Vale District Council said "The council approved its draft core strategy in May 2009 and, as well as highlighting where potential infrastructure and businesses could be located, it also outlines key housing areas where large scale developments could take place in order to fulfil the house-building numbers for Aylesbury Vale, set out by the government in the South East Plan. AVDC must identify sufficient land across the district to meet the South East Plan’s requirement for 26,890 more homes by 2026 Two of the major proposals within the core strategy concern provision of 9,250 new homes to the east of Aylesbury and a further 5,390 homes to the north of Newton Longville. The examination will look at these development sites in some detail as part of the discussion. It will take into account evidence submitted by the council and comments from residents sent in via the earlier public consultation on the core strategy as a whole and the possible housing locations."

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning at AVDC, said: “The Core Strategy is a very important document as it lays out how Aylesbury Vale will develop in the next 20 years. Residents, community groups and organisations took a lot of time submitting comments to us on the draft document, and we thank them for taking part in the process. The government inspector will now decide the final format of the strategy before it becomes the planning policy for the district some time next year.”

* For more about Aylesbury Vale District Councils Growth Strategy click HERE

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